Voters in Oregon and Washington list affordable housing and abortion as top election considerations.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! As the midterm elections draw near, voters in Oregon and Washington discussed their local and national political goals.

In Bellingham, Washington, a community about 20 miles south of the Canadian border, Sydney said, “The farther left the better.”
Voters like Jon, a Seattle resident whose interests include upholding the Second Amendment and a woman’s right to an abortion, won’t support radical candidates.

While in Portland, he told Fox News, “I’m looking for a Holy Grail candidate.” To win my support, the Democrats must field a more moderate candidate, and the Republicans must follow suit.

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Jon from Seattle says he's looking for a andquot;Holy Grailandquot; candidate who isn't too far to the left or right.

He said that he doubts voters in Oregon or Washington, which he described as “basically one-party states,” will find moderate candidates.

“Many Americans no longer favor candidates who are cooperative or moderate. They want someone who is passionate, willing to give it their all, and highly emotional “explained he. “I believe that increases the danger of our politics.”

There is now greater competition in Oregon, which hasn’t elected a Republican governor since 1982, thanks to a three-way open-seat campaign. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat who was first elected to the Senate in 1992, is up for re-election in Washington, and a first-time Republican challenger wants to defeat her.

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Brenda told Fox News that while she believes in the Second Amendment, tighter gun laws are needed because Portland continues to experience a high rate of shootings. In the city, there were 114 shootings in July, compared to 34 in the same month last year, according to police data. .

Brenda exclaimed, “This is out of control.”
Amber, a native of Portland, stated that environmentally friendly efforts were her top priority on a global scale.

Understanding that global warming is a serious problem and attempting to take steps to assist move society in the correct direction and somewhat combat it, she said.

Locally, though, Amber’s main concern was her safety. She stated that she wants Portland to put more emphasis on reestablishing “comfort” in the downtown area.

Many people in Bellingham, further to the north, told Fox News they hadn’t even begun to consider the election. Abortion rights, access to affordable housing, and the environment were among those who planned to vote’s top concerns.

People gather to protest the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. Voters in Oregon and Washington told Fox News abortion, affordable housing and the environment are among their top priorities this election season.

According to Francis, women’s rights have “sort of come under attack, particularly at the federal level with the Supreme Court and everything.”

More Democratic voters may turn out to vote as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade in June, potentially jeopardizing Republicans’ chances of retaking control of Congress. Despite Oregon and Washington’s state laws defending abortion rights, Sen. Lindsey Graham this week unveiled a federal bill that would outlaw the procedure after 15 weeks.

In order to have things progress more to the federal level and create a snowball effect, Francis stated it is crucial to concentrate locally on politicians who will support your values.

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Voters are particularly concerned about housing costs as rent and home values in the Northwest continue to rise.

According to Francis, who spoke to Fox News, “it looks like with COVID when everyone started working remote, you got a lot of people move into smaller villages from wealthier locations like Seattle who have a lot more high-paying employment.”

In Washington, the median home price in 2021 was $560,400, almost twice as much as it was in according to state data six years earlier. Before the coronavirus pandemic started in 2019, the average cost of a home was just under $398,000.

Mary expressed her desire for local lawmakers to take a more assertive stance on the “unhoused challenges” and affordable housing. Despite not considering herself a Democrat, she wants the Democrats maintain power of the House and Senate on a national level.

Mary says she hopes Democrats retain control of the House and Senate because there was too much "hatemongering" when President Trump was in office.

“I felt like there was a lot of the hatemongering that went on in the last Republican president’s term,” she said. “Not only BIPOC people but also people’s gender differences, and everybody was a loser if they didn’t love him.”

Kaelyn and Sydney said they hope to see more compassionate candidates elected.

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